We saw the new Harry Potter flick (Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets) today. It was fun, but I think it's going to scare the heck out of a certain 7 year old friend of ours! We ate at Mel's diner: turkey dinner and a reuben for Natsuko.
We ate at the Elite Cafe because Natsuko looooves Cajun food. I think we cannot recommend this place highly enough. We arrived with no reservations and were promptly seated at a very nice table. Natsuko ordered crab cakes and short ribs. I ordered the walnut/pear salad, 6 oysters, and the jamabalaya. For dessert, we had the bread pudding. All I can say is that jambalaya is WOW. By far the best I've ever, ever had. If you like jambalaya, you should try it.
Veteran's day and Natsuko's birthday dinner at Chez Panisse. That place just rocks - we were curious about the quinces that were hanging around and asked our host why the choice of quince. After our second question about the beets over yonder, he took us on a tour of their kitchen. Wonderful hospitality, wonderful ambience, wonderful unpretentious food, and good for you. Takeaway: while there are lots of wonderful upscale restaurants out there that are nice to visit for dinner as spectacle, you could eat at Chez Panisse every single day, never forget how wonderful the food is, and never be overwhelmed.
Natsuko's birthday party!! I attempted to make tacos/burritos. Our good friend, Steve Lordson, brought an amaaaaazing cheesecake. He and Plato gave Natsuko a baking stone and a Chez Panisse cookbook! Lennox brought a wonderful batch of cookies (which I'm still enjoying mmmm - thank you Lennox). Frank and Luanne brought her a souffle pan! Be there